2002-04-27 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

Although we live in the shadow of the greatest urban city in the world, what I most love about living here is that we are still very much a provincial hamlet. And because we are such a small town where everybody knows your name, and very often, your business, we can tend to get mired down in petty differences. We're very much a big extended family; and like any family, we can bicker and argue on Monday, and kiss, make up, and come together on Tuesday.  One of the qualities that most endeared me to Rockaway is the way people are so generous in their philanthropy toward worthwhile causes and how its neighbors rally around one another in a dire time of need as we did in the wake of the tragedies of 9/11. We not only demonstrated our mettle to the rest of the world; we defined to each other our strong sense of community. Once again, there is an occasion that we are beckoned to rise to.

As many of you know, there was a benefit this past Sunday April 21 at Fort Tilden for the family of Beth Stray. During Beth's treatment for an aggressive form of Brain Cancer, the Stray family had incurred enormous expenses that were not covered by their medical insurance. Beth's husband Bill had retired from the U.S. Parks Police to tend to taking care of his wife. Beth devoted much of her life to the children of this community. She was a Special Education teacher in some of the city's most deprived schools.

She was also a major force and instructor in the Brooklyn Special Olympics Program, and served as a New York City Lifeguard. Both Beth and Bill have been generous with their dedication to raising much needed funds and resources for people who have been stricken by terrible misfortunes. Because of their relentless commitment to our community, I am asking, on the family's behalf, for any assistance you can give to them. Please contact Michael Mulqueen at 107-10 Shorefront Pkwy. for details on how you can help.

Thank you.
   The photograph of the house fire on the front page of The Wave two weeks ago depicted the heartbreaking tragedy that took place when a two-year-old little girl lost her life. Although the O'Brien's are still in the hospital, they will need much assistance when they recover from their injuries and return to Rockaway. Since they hadn't any insurance, they will need a place to live, money to pay expenses, clothing, etc...An Escrow Fund has been established by their Attorney to assist them. Please send your generous contributions to: The O'Brien Family Fund. C/O Robert I. Skoy, ESQ. 328 Bedell Street Freeport, New York 11520-5132.

***Congratulations to Laura Brennan, the beautiful eldest daughter of Tara and John Brennan of Rockaway Park, on her acceptance as a Freshman to St. John's University this fall. In addition to her parents, Laura's brothers John and Brian and sister Lisa Marie are all so very proud!

***If my confrere Kevin Boyle wasn't so pessimistic and about everything, I'd attempt to pitch to him again my sincere belief in Arverne-By-The-Sea, but he's just oh soooo pessimistic!

See you...On the Beach!

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